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WIU to host Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Jan. 19

January 5, 2012

MACOMB – Western Illinois University will host its 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration Thursday, Jan. 19, in the University Union Lamoine Room.

The celebration, “A Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Remembering the Past…Shaping the Future,” begins at 7 p.m. and is hosted by WIU’s Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center (GBCC).

The featured speaker for this year’s event is WIU alumnus Rowena Mason of Chicago. Mason, a retired teacher from Chicago’s public school system, is the current president of the MJM Speakers Circle and is a member of Toastmaster International and a charter member of Cultural Connections.

The balance of the speaking schedule includes WIU President Jack Thomas; Macomb Mayor Mike Inman; Ann Comerford, director of the University Union; Rayvon Shelton, Black Student Association (BSA) senator; and Tucker Copi, Student Government Association president.

The event will also include performances by the GBCC Dance Troupe and Heritage Ensemble and by Khyel Roberson, WIU freshman theatre major. BSA President Jasmon Harper will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

For more information, contact the GBCC at (309) 298-2220.